Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter

Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter Class New York

Lettering Intensive: The Modern Letter Class

Registration Status: This course is no longer being offered

Session Dates: October 21, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Cost: $440.00

From the elegance of copperplate engraving to the punch of robust Fat Face fonts, the Modern letter continues to be extremely useful in contemporary advertising and design. Its vertical stress, uniform proportions, and simple serif structure make the style particularly easy to modify and thus remarkably adaptable to all sorts of visual communication. In this workshop, students will learn how to customize hand-drawn Modern letterforms and exploit their inherent versatility for different uses.

Beginning with an introduction to the genre’s distinct characteristics, participants will gain a foundational understanding of how these qualities can be manipulated to produce an extensive array of results. Skill-building exercises will focus on the development of both precision and expression in creating unique wordmarks for a variety of applications. Slide presentations will illustrate the numerous varieties, descendants, and by-products of the Modern genre while drawing demonstrations will aid students as they bring logos and lettering from the conceptual stage to completion.

Meets: Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am. -05:00 pm.

Required Materials

  • No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
  • pencil sharpener (if applicable)
  • erasers (conventional and kneaded)
  • pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
  • pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad, 4 squares per inch is recommended)
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
  • white-out correction fluid pen
  • adhesive tape (for posting sketches)

Please note that this course will focus on drawing techniques intended to reinforce ideas foundational to the Modern letter. Although workshop participants will not be using vector drawing software, a brief presentation covering the basics of digitization will be given.


Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is Oct. 5th., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: $149960

Instructor(s): Ken Barber

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